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Wednesday, April 8 Local

Bridgeport teens accused of Westport car theft

WESTPORT — A pair of Bridgeport teens were arrested Sunday in connection with a motor vehicle theft.

According to police, shortly after 2:30 a.m. Sunday, the Westport Police Department dispatch received a complaint of suspicious persons in the area of Hale Street.

Police said the complainant reported she had observed at least three to four individuals exit two vehicles stopped on her street. She said the people then ran on to the properties of several neighboring homes and, ultimately, approached the complainant’s residence and apparently noticed that they were being watched.

At this time, police said, the witness reported that the individuals all re-entered the vehicles and began leaving the area. The caller was able to provide a description of them as well as their last known direction of travel. Police said this flurry of activity fits the pattern of overnight motor vehicle burglaries and thefts that have been happening frequently over the past few months.

Responding officers eventually located two vehicles matching the description provided by the complainant stopped together on Greens Farms Road. Police said an officer was able to obtain a registration plate on one of the two, which subsequent computer checks confirmed as having been previously stolen out of the state of New York.

This vehicle ultimately entered Interstate 95 northbound and eluded officers. Police said a second vehicle attempted to flee the area, eventually passing an officer at a high rate of speed. Eventually, the second vehicle veered off the road after reportedly trying to negotiate a turn while speeding.

Police said the vehicle crashed into a wooded area causing disabling damage. While responding to the crash, an officer noted a third vehicle in the same general area. This car matched the description of one reported stolen from Greenwich. Officers did not attempt to engage any of these vehicles in pursuit.

Officers responded to the scene of the accident and identified two occupants — a 15-year-old and 16-year-old, both males from Bridgeport.

Police said the car that they had been operating was confirmed to have been stolen out of Darien that same day. Police said, during the accident, the vehicle had caught fire, necessitating a response from the Westport Fire Department. Both juveniles were transported to Norwalk Hospital by Westport EMS for minor injuries sustained in connection with the crash.

Both juveniles were turned over to the custody of parents at Norwalk Hospital. This incident remains under investigation. Both will be charged via juvenile summons with larceny and conspiracy offenses relative to the theft of the vehicle as well as several motor vehicle violations.

Amanda Cuda|Monroe reporter/Sunday breaking news reporter/general assignment

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